Taylor was right about Kanye all along

(10/26) Taylor Was Right About Kanye All Along...

Yet we need Drake to tell us that.

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If you have been following the pop culture/music/Twitter news, you'll know that Kanye West is in hot water, again.

And for good reason.

Just this year, he's said that slavery was a "choice," had meetings with our current president, went on another pro-Trump slash pro-slavery rant and dressed up as a seltzer bottle on SNL.

This week, something oddly familiar happened with old Yeezy. Drake went on LeBron James' HBO show, The Shop, and accused Kanye of being "manipulative.'' He says Kanye wanted to "help him'' by listening to his album and finding out when it was being released. Drake later shared that he had a son with Kanye. Drake said Kanye was "manipulative" and said that he told fellow rapper Pusha T about his child.

All of Twitter pretty much rejoiced that Drake called Kanye out. However, some users pointed out that this beef sounded somewhat familiar.

Flashback to the summer of 2016, when Taylor Swift accused Kanye of manipulating her. Taylor said that she never gave Kanye approval to call her a "bitch" or say he "made her famous" in his song "Famous," and that he never had the approval of using her body in the video for that song. While Kim Kardashian released a Snapchat of Taylor approving a line in the song, she didn't approve the lines she said she was upset about.

Even though Taylor made her point very specific and clear, just like Drake did, she got a very different response. The Internet said she was "canceled," "over," "dead," and a "snake." They thought she was just lying and playing the victim to cover her tracks.

Only until this week when Drake shared a somewhat similar story about Kanye, that people started to realize that Taylor was right all along.

But why did this change? Taylor Swift has been one of the most divisive figures in pop culture and still is to this day. Why would her biggest controversy do a 180?

Some people would argue that Taylor and Kanye's recent political stances have changed everyone's opinion.

In 2016 and 2017, Taylor was infamously silent on politics. She never really supported a candidate in the election, and because she's a blonde white woman who used to sing country music, people assumed she was a Trump supporter. Even though there were other celebrities who didn't say who they were voting for, they weren't seen as being Trump supporters.

Her amazing album, reputation, was criticized for being "all about her," even though all of Taylor's albums have been about her personal experiences, and other artists write albums all about their experiences. It was also criticized for being "all about Kim and Kanye," even though there are only two songs that address them. Even her being included on Time magazines "Person Of The Year'' in 2017 for speaking out against the DJ who groped her was criticized.

This year, Taylor has supported the March For Our Lives, is encouraging fans to vote, and supported the Tennessee Democratic candidates. That combined with Kanye's previously mentioned politics, have turned the public's perception on both of them.

However, I don't think that is the main reason. If Kanye supporting Trump was the main reason for this sudden heel turn, this would have happened in late 2016. Kanye said at his concert, "if he had voted, he would've voted for Trump." Yet, the Internet ignored that and acted surprised at his recent thoughts.

I think the real reason everyone is saying Taylor was right all along is that a male artist that people find unproblematic said something similar to her experience. If Taylor's was the only story, people might still think Kanye was right, because it came out of a female pop star that everyone wanted to bring down.

Twitter likes to claim that it's "feminist" but we give men so many passes for things, and we need men to validate things like this. We should have believed Taylor right from the start. Especially because her claims matched up with Kim's Snapchat. Instead, the Internet finally had a huge piece of ammunition to bring Taylor down and bullied her on social media for two years. Everything she did was criticized because of this.

Now I might be biased because, if you have read mypreviousOdysseyarticles, I am a big Taylor Swift fan. But take a look at your reactions to the Taylor versus Kimye feud. And take a look at your reactions to Taylor and Kanye's political statements. Lastly, take a look at your reactions to Drake's story about Kanye.

If your reaction to the first thing was siding with Kimye, and your reaction to the second and third things surprised, you are part of this problem.

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Traveling The World Doesn't Have To Cost You A Fortune

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I wish traveling wasn't so expensive. As a college student, I definitely cannot afford to pay for extravagant vacations on my own. I have however, been fortunate to travel to several different countries and states with my family. That number does not even compare to the number of places I still want to visit in the future. I think that if an individual is ever is given the opportunity to travel, he or she should absolutely to take it.

Through my personal traveling experience, I have discovered that traveling is only as expensive as one chooses to make it. People can expose themselves to new cultures, people, and places without being forced to pay an absurd amount of money. My brother, Daniel, has experienced this first-hand and always reminds me of this. His friends and he have taken many trips to Iceland and have the time of their lives each time they visit. I saw photos of where they have stayed; initially, I told myself that I could never stay somewhere without a huge cozy bed. Daniel and his friends decided to save money and stay in a tiny and cute cabin. He learned that where he slept meant absolutely nothing at the end of the trip. He will always remember the memories he made while in Iceland, not where he and his friends stayed.

I hope travelers remember that while we might want to stay at the most luxurious hotel, that is not significant in the grand scheme of things. What we experience is what's important, so fully immersing ourselves in the culture is crucial. Traveling looks different for everybody, but for my family of eight, it's about going somewhere we all find interesting.

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5 Ways to Control your Anxiety

Here are five ways to help you control your anxiety that I have found useful on myself.

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Throughout my life, I have constantly struggled with anxiety. I remember as a young child having to go to the nurse all the time due to panic attacks I would have in the classroom. Although my anxiety settled as I went into high school, I found myself having panic attacks again as I transitioned into my college life. When I began to open up to my friends and family about my anxiety, I discovered that there are so may people who feel the exact same way that I do. Therefore, here are some tactics that have helped me to be able to to control my anxiety, and I hope they can benefit anyone struggling with anxiety as well.

1. Focus on your breathing.

It is remarkable how much deep breathing can do for you. When suffering through an anxiety attack, everything you think of seems to be spiraling out of control. In my opinion, the last thing I wanted to do was focus on my breathing when it seems like the whole world was crashing down. But the second that I took a deep breath in and out, my anxiety seemed to slowly settle down. Not letting those anxious thoughts enter your mind for a few minutes makes all those big problems seem small. If you are looking for specific ways to focus on breathing, the app Pacifica has a lot of different breathing exercises that have helped me when I am feeling anxious.

 2. Use essential oils.

The first time I used essential oils, my life was changed. For me, essential oils have been some of the most effective methods of stopping my anxiety attacks. The oils are a compounds extracted from plants, and once inhaled through a diffuser or rubbed on the skin, the chemicals interact with your body to calm your nerves and bring yourself down to a more relaxed state. They are not that expensive and can be found at regular convince stores. Personally my favorite oil that I have seen the most affect on lowering my anxiety is lavender oil.

3. Get enough sleep and exercise regularly.

In general, these two have been the hardest to do consistently. When stressed out with school work, or when hanging out with friends it can be easy for time to slip by and to not go to bed early and to forget to exercise. Yet, it is vital to remember how important your body is. When you do not get enough sleep and do not exercise, this can be a major trigger for anxiety attacks. Originally I thought that my anxiety and the amount of sleep and exercise I got were unrelated. Yet, I found that when I got seven hours or more of sleep, and exercised a little bit, I felt so much more awake and alert with less anxiety that day. The nights that you are forced to stay up late (because let's face it, in college there are a lot of those nights) you can catch up on the sleep you miss by taking a nap in the day. But if you are struggling with anxiety, it might be better for you to opt out of the all nighters.

4. Eat healthier foods.

This one can be another hard one to keep up as a college student. I know that the dining halls on my campus seem to provide a lot of foods that are typically not healthy for you. But I guarantee that every dining hall has to offer some sort of fruits and vegetables to students. Anxiety attacks can be provoked through spikes in blood sugar, which are seen when eating sugary, unhealthy food. By making the habit of going away from sugary foods and towards fruits and vegetables, this can stabilize your blood sugar to prevent the rises and dips that can provoke anxiety.

 5. Let your anxiety out.

When you bottle anxiety inside, this can cause for the small thoughts to snowball into huge panic attacks. A way to prevent that snowballing effect is by letting it out. Know that there is nothing wrong with getting help. A great way to let your anxiety out is by taking to someone. All therapy sessions, through a college of through an outside therapy office are completely confidential. This puts a huge weight off of your shoulders after you talk to someone about your problems, and no one even has to know that you went.

For however you are feeling at this moment, know that you are not alone. Here are so many kids out there who feel the same exact emotions that you are feeling. If you feel like you are in crisis mode, or know of anyone who is suffering here are some useful numbers.

National Sucicide prevention Hotline:

1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline:

1-800-950-6264

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